No wonder all the country’s MPs are so eager to get behind the Law Commission’s recommendation for an “independent Remuneration Authority” to set MPs’ perks (reported, for some reason, as “losing control” of them).
MPs across the spectrum have been quick to jump on board this recommendation because they know that it will do nothing to stop their troughing—that instead, it will only legitimise it.
What a sweet ruse.
And they know too that even if, by some outside chance, the Authority did cut their perks, that the same Authority would still grant them a salary increase to compensate for the loss of this “entitlement”—instead of the salary cut that the economic situation and their performance suggests they actually deserve. And the MPs can then say that said increase is nothing to with them.
What a rort.
So this is nothing at all to get excited about. Just more of the same, only worse.
And no surprise either that while all MPs without exception are happy to take up this
ruse rort recommendation, they’re united almost across the board in opposing the recommendation that they face exposure of their troughing through Official Information Authority requests—which was the only decent thing the Law Commission recommended, and quite possibly they only thing that won’t be taken up.
On no account do they want to the brief window on their perks that opened up this year to remain open.
So the troughing of our masters will continue without public scrutiny.
And those who pick up the tab for it will once again be kept in the dark.
No wonder all the MPs are so happy about it.
And at the same time…
Does that situation make any sense at all? Does it?